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Henry Miyatake Interview I

Date: March 26, 1998
Location: Seattle, Washington
Videographer: Matt Emery
Densho ID: ddr-densho-1000-53
01:59:00
23 segments
Nisei male. Born 1929 in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated at Puyallup Assembly Center and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Had some key childhood experiences with discrimination that made him a self-described, ""independent thinker,"" and later, an influential figure in the Japanese American community. While a teenager in camp, he wrote and defended an essay criticizing the United States' treatment of racial minorities. His teacher refused to accept his paper, resulting in a failed grade and preventing him from graduating. Postwar, served in the U.S. Counterintelligence Corps, where he was privy to classified documents detailing the placement of spies in the incarceration camps. After leaving the military, he worked at the Boeing Company, where he fought against discriminatory workplace practices. He was also one of the earliest proponents of redress, doing the research, planning, and organizing for the ""Seattle plan,"" the first highly developed plan for obtaining redress from the U.S. government for the WWII incarceration of the Japanese American community. Mr. Miyatake passed away in September 2014.
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Two frightening childhood accidents Segment 1 of 23 [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's early life in the U.S.: trying to farm on an oil field Segment 2 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Father's prewar work in the U.S.: railroad and agriculture Segment 3 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Mother's family background and arrival as a "picture bride" Segment 4 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Description of older siblings Segment 5 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Prewar education, being "indoctrinated" at Bailey Gatzert Elementary School in Seattle Segment 6 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Standing out from the rest of the class: lactose intolerance Segment 7 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being younger than fellow classmates Segment 8 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington First encounters with racism: barred from viewing an airplane at Boeing Segment 9 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Being called names because of Japanese ancestry Segment 10 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Attending Japanese language school, not trying very hard Segment 11 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington A houseguest from Japan: foreign policy lessons and the impending war Segment 12 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Media coverage of events leading up to World War II Segment 13 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Talking with houseguest from Japan about Japan's role in World War II Segment 14 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Meeting a Jewish classmate Segment 15 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Receiving a warning from a Jewish classmate about impending war Segment 16 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington FBI seizure of weapons and radio equipment after the bombing of Pearl Harbor Segment 17 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Principal addresses curfew and other restrictions at a school assembly Segment 18 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Using "China buttons" to beat the curfew Segment 19 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Building a suitcase with a false bottom after talking with Jewish classmate Segment 20 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Jewish classmate stands up for Japanese Americans leaving school Segment 21 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car Segment 22 of 23 [ Previous segment ] -- [ Next segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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Interview location: Seattle, Washington Parents' response to losses during mass removal Segment 23 of 23 [ Previous segment ] For more information, visit Densho
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